Oct. 24, 2010

Tampa, Fla. -

Courtesy of Louisville Athletics

The No. 2 Louisville men's soccer team defeated No. 19 South Florida 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday evening at USF Soccer Stadium. The win clinched the second consecutive BIG EAST Red Division title for the Cardinals. The Cardinals improved to 12-0-2 overall and 7-0-0 in the BIG EAST.

"Tonight was another great win," said head coach Ken Lolla. "We showed a lot of character in a tough environment and came away with an excellent result."

The Cardinals took control early in the game. Colin Rolfe had a shot go just wide in the 10th minute of play. Rolfe struck again in the 17th minute but USF's Jeff Attinella made the save. Kenney Walker served a corner kick to Austin Berry whose header went high. Walker blasted a shot from 30-yards out to put the Cards up 1-0 in the 30th minute.

The Bulls gained possession late in the period and in the 39th minute Andre Boudreaux made a diving save to keep the Cards in the lead. Senior J.T. Murray sent a shot in but Antinella came up with another big save. Louisville finished the first half with a 5-1 shot advantage and a 3-1 corner kick advantage.

Louisville stayed on the attack to begin the second period. Freshman Dylan Mares had his header saved by Attinella in the 51st minute. Walker also had his shot collected in the 57th minute. USF scored the equalizer in the 71st minute with a goal from T.J. Roehn.

Murray had a chance at the game-winner but the shot went high in the 77th minute. USF's Sinclair had his shot go high in the 86th minute. The second period ended in a tie, forcing the overtime period.

Louisville dominated the overtime period. Nick DeLeon had his shot blocked by the Bulls' defense. Murray had a shot on goal in the 102nd minute but Attinella collected the ball for the save, forcing the second overtime period.

Just under two minutes into the second overtime, Mares got the ball out wide and served it into the box where DeLeon headed the ball in for the game-winner in the 111th minute. It is the second game-winner for DeLeon this week. He scored the game-winner against DePaul on Wed. in the second overtime period as well.

Louisville finished the game with a 12-5 shot advantage and a 7-2 corner kick advantage. Boudreaux finished the game with one save while Attinella finished with six.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Wed., Oct. 27 as they travel to Syracuse.